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post #75 of Old 01-18-2008
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I'm very fortunate that my boat only draws 4'. I've squished aground near Middle River on the Chesapeake Bay, It took about 30 minutes to sail off with the boom out and two crew hanging at the end. While racing near Annapolis, I've "bounce tacked" a few times, where we go shallow to get out of current till the depth guage tells us we're getting close to 4', then tack away. Often, mid-tack, the keel will nudge bottom until healed on the new tack. One of my competitors has a pin chart at his office, where he shows all the different places he's gone aground in his 40 years of sailing.
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